Substance Use, Mental Health, and Partner-Violence Among Young Adults

Todd I. Herrenkohl, University of Washington
Rick Kosterman, University of Washington
J. David Hawkins, University of Washington
Karl G. Hill, University of Washington
Robert D. Abbott, University of Washington

ABSTRACT
Numerous studies in criminology have focused on the etiology of violent delinquency and adult criminal behavior. Fewer studies have systematically examined the root causes and correlates of partner violence and victimization. In this study, we will examine proximal and co-occurring predictors of these two outcomes, as well as a measure of general violence at age 24. Of particular interest is the degree of overlap between partner violence, victimization and current and past substance use, as well as mental health problems that may increase risk for violence. We intend here a comprehensive investigation into a range of substance use indicators and measures of mental health functioning in early adulthood while controlling for childhood risk factors that may themselves increase the likelihood of violence in adulthood. Analyses of possible gender differences are planned. Data in the study are from the Seattle Social Development Project (SSDP). SSDP is a longitudinal study of youth development and behavior that has followed prospectively a panel of Seattle public school students from age 10 to 24. Implications for the development of intervention programs will be addressed.

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